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March 23, 2011

Small gifts: Crate & Barrel candleholders under $6

Fiesta%20candleholder.jpgI was looking for a small gift for a friend and came across these colorful candleholders at Crate & Barrel.

This Fiesta candleholder is only $5.95 and this Kia votive $3.95. The candle will cost more than that!

If you want to go a bit more upscale, check out Crate & Barrel's hurricane candleholders. The store has many attractive varieties. Of course, you can spend even less for candles and candleholders at discount stores. But it's fun to find a gift that's affordable at a trendier store like Crate & Barrel.Crate%20candleholder.jpg

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March 16, 2011

Looking for a sundress? Try Target


Every year about this time I begin my search for the perfect sundress. Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place. How about Target?

I recently saw this cute black (also in other colors) sundress from Libertine for $29.99, and many others at Target.

Target has a long list of designers for its spring dress collection that include Luella Bartley, Jovovich-Hawk, Zac Posen, and Proenza Schouler.

So step into spring and summer with a collection of sundresses. Of course, they're always the thing to wear in sunny South Florida.

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March 15, 2011

Groupon deals on Sunday newspaper subscriptions today!

coupons1.JPGHey you couponers, today is a big savings day for you!

If you missed the last Groupon offer for a one-year Sunday subscription to the Sun Sentinel for $10, check out today's Palm Beach Groupon deal. It's offered again today. $117 value! Check out the fine print, new customers, eligible zip codes only, etc.

You can only buy one per household, but if you like to have multiple coupon inserts, don't tell anyone you saw it here, but you can get the same deal in Miami today with another paper (one that also has Sunday coupons.) It was their deal yesterday, but its still available, look at the Groupon/Miami page, list on the right.

Voila, enough coupons to use two on those BOGOs, delivered right to your door!! No more digging in recyclers....we are movin' on up!'s our secret.

Click here for Groupon deals. Just register to be a Groupon member, then surf your way to the Palm Beach and/or Miami offers.

Super Saver Kathy

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March 13, 2011

Even more pictures from Shop-O-Matic event at Bloomingdales!

gary5.jpgShopping bloggers Doreen Christensen, Kathy Haines, and Marcia Pounds get a chance to meet their readers face-to-face at the Beauty Bash Thursday evening.

gary3.jpgDoreen announces the lucky winners of the raffles.

gary4.jpgMmmmm...nothing better than a massage! Lucien Leremia from Lifetime Fitness, Jessie Thomas and publicist Samantha Gurowski.
gary1x.jpgSisters Barbara Wasserman and Shirley Amerson wait their turn for a treatment at Sue Devitt.

Maxine Weir 'purples' Kathy at the Bobbi Brown counter, while Faith Sercus, counter manager at Guerlain, helps Marcia with her 'tan.'.



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March 11, 2011

Fun & fabulous evening at Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdale's on Thursday


The lovely ladies who read the Sun Sentinel print edition and Shop-O-Matic blog turned out in force for the Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton on Thursday night.

It was truly a girl's night out as hundreds of fans got their glam on while trying out the latest beauty trends for spring at the 15 participating cosmetic counters. Attendees got a Little Brown Bag stuffed with cosmetic samples along with a chance to win one of 14 fabulous raffle prizes of spring cosmetics.

The long menu of services offered to guests included Chanel helping you to "Shake Up Your Makeup" and try its new Vitalumière Aqua foundation along with a sample to take home; Laura Mercier was offering the Flawless Face; Clarins offered The Perfect Tan with its amazing range of self-tanners, shopomatic3 Lancome's National Makeup Artist Robert Cook was in the house painting pouts, while across the way at Sue Devitt Beauty, facials and makeovers were in full progress. Borghese offered "Mad for Mud" spa treatments and "Lady Di" over at Dior was offering lessons in the Perfect Eye. There were a cadre of professional makeup artists working their magic on women in chairs at Estee Lauder, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, MAC, Guerlain and Clinique, too. Icing on the cake was relaxing chair massages offered by Lifetime Life Spa.

In addition to getting primped and pampered, Bloomie's offered refreshing pink lemonade and raspberry vodka cocktails at the open bar and yummy hors d'œuvres of shrimp, baked brie and other bite-sized treats (loved that Key lim pie!) passed by super-hunky servers. They were dancing in the aisles as music from the DJ further added to the festive atmosphere. (Overheard at the bar: shopomaticevent4.JPG "I'm going to the men's department. I need man.")

Click here to see more photos from the fun-filled evening.

We have more Shop-O-Matic events planned this year, so stay tuned and tell us what you thought in the comments!

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March 10, 2011

Bloomies tonight!

A very quick hello from Super Saver Kathy. The shopping babe, Doreen, has put together a nice event at Bloomingdales in Boca Raton for the bloggers to meet our readers.

Come and tell me how much you miss Coupon Chaos! I sure miss you...AND your strategic shopping tips.

Super Saver Kathy

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March 8, 2011

Spring into spring with New York & Co. dresses

NY%20print%20dress.jpgShop the affordable spring dresses and skirts from New York & Company, many wearable for work as well as fun.

This black and white print dress is priced at $59.95. There also are wrap-style dresses and ruffle skirts, all nice additions for warmer weather.

See more selections at New York & Company.

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March 4, 2011

Find out how lasers treat body fat at 1 p.m. today in our Health Chat


Find out how lasers, ultrasounds and other cutting-edge procedures can treat unwanted fat in our hour-long web chat at 1 p.m. Friday with noted dermatologist and best-selling author Dr. Leslie Baumann at

Dr. Baumann is a board certified dermatologist, researcher and expert on cosmetic dermatology and skin care. She also is the author of "Skin Type Solutions."

Dr. Baumann, head of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach and former Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami, is the author of "Skin Type Solutions," which helps take the guesswork out of skin care and shopping for products. She also writes The Skin Guru blog.

If you can't make the chat, e-mail question in advance to

Ask the good doctor all your questions about slimming down with lasers live at 1 p.m. on Friday!

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15% savings pass for Kohl's this weekend

Get 15 percent off with this savings pass from Kohl's from Friday, March 4, to Sunday, March 6.
Or use code GET15EXTRA at

Kohls is always a great place to find sales but when there's an across-the-board 15 percent pass, you can pick up those household items you've been eyeing or spruce up your spring wardrobe.



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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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